Bad Girl in Town (Serenity)

Published By: Barbour Publishing, Incorporated

Book Category: Non-Fiction, Comics & Graphic Novels

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Reviewed by Jamie Driggers

Serenity does have her problems. Not the least of which is a bad attitude due in part to a physically absent father, an emotionally absent mother, trouble at school, a history of drug use, and no friends. But when the school's prayer group takes her on as their pet project, she has a whole new set of problems. She has a reputation to protect, after all.

With the introduction of the Serenity series, Realbuzz Studios blasts on the graphic novel scene with America's premier inspirational manga. Though Serenity maintains her tough facade with blue hair and outlandish clothing and behavior, she just can't ditch the "Bible Bangers." Serenity tackles many issues that teenagers face today, but in a non-preachy way as Serenity progresses on her own journey to stay drug free and learn how to be a friend.

Though I am the first to admit that I questioned the popularity of manga as it takes over some of my favorite bookstores, I have to say I'm hooked. I read the first four of the Serenity series in one setting and got oddly excited when I saw that book five is available.

I can definitely see how early adolescents and teens would eat them up. And this is a manga that parents can trust. Though Serenity deals with swearing, crude gestures, drug use and other illicit behaviors, it is never glamorized and often made humorous ("WHOOPS! Can't show that in a Christian manga!"). And the graphics are awesome.

Armchair Interviews says: Serenity is an all-around good manga.

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